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Thank You, Jesus

The word jumped at me from the pages of Scripture. During my systematic reading of the Bible, I came to the fifth chapter of the book of Revelation on a Thursday morning. As the curtain was about to be pulled back to reveal future events, the only person worthy of making the revelation was the Lamb of God – who had been slaughtered. That is the word! I was reading f...

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The Dog on the Other Side of the Fence

Rambo has thoroughly enjoyed his new backyard. One of his favorite pastimes is to run the fence with the neighbor’s dog, who by the way is roughly 10 times his size, until both of them are worn out and panting so hard they can barely even stagger inside to rest. Man how I wish I spoke dog language so I could know what they were saying to each other. I’m sure it...

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Choose This Day How You Will Live

We remain personally accountable in life for the choices that we make and the actions that we take. Circumstances and relationships influence us, but they do not determine who we become. The choices we make and the actions we take determine the people we become. We must empathize with others when they hurt. We must not enable others when they refuse to assume responsibilit...

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Picky About Music

From the outset let me make two things clear: I have not always chosen music wisely, and I realize not everyone needs to adopt my philosophy of musical selection. My love for music began at an early age. In middle school and high school it was amplified, not only through becoming a musician, but by being surrounded by people who love music the way I do. My friend and I di...

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2018 Budget

This Sunday night, October 15, at 6 p.m., the Stewardship Committee will present the proposed 2018 budget for First Baptist Church of Weatherford. The budget is the result of the combined recommendations of many committees and staff members. The Stewardship Committee puts together all the projected needs to form the budget. The budget guides spending. James Brown, who serv...

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Everyday Reminders

A very special woman in our family went to be with Jesus in September. We had a graveside service in Edmond to celebrate her life the following week. Paul and I decided that since the kids were already missing school and we were in the metro area it would be a good afternoon to visit the state fair. Our children loved all the animals and won some prizes playing the over-p...

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No Place Like Home

Apartment 1012 in building 110 at Oklahoma Baptist University seemed to be a perfect place to spend the night during the conference I was attending. When I checked in on Monday afternoon, I noticed there was a functional microwave I could use to heat up coffee on the following morning when I woke up early. Breakfast wasn’t scheduled until 7:30. I would need coffee be...

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Don't Wait On Others

One of the things I loved most about working on a college campus was teaching Freshman Orientation classes. It was so fun to be in a classroom that was geared at teaching new college students how to adjust to college life in practical ways. We taught things like study skills, classroom etiquette, time management, how to get involved on campus, money management, etc. In my...

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The Best Is Yet To come

Over sixteen years have passed since I came in view of a call as the pastor of Weatherford’s First Baptist Church. On July 8, 2001, I preached a sermon that must have been fairly well received. The vote was 422 yes and 4 no. That afternoon we walked through the home we now live in and knew God was leading us to move to Weatherford. Still, we slept on it before I call...

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Flip It Over

Caleb was in town so we went out for a family breakfast. I must admit, breakfast may be my favorite meal of the day… if it is past 8 am. Cade ordered pancakes which is typically his standard order from the breakfast menu. The flapjacks, hot off the grill, came to the table inviting a spread of butter to be lathered on and a flood of syrup to overflow the sides like ...

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